Kyle Lowry scored 36 points, DeMar DeRozan added 23 and the Toronto Raptors recovered after squandering all of a 26-point lead to beat the Brooklyn Nets, 115-113, at the Air Canada Centre Wednesday night, taking a 3-2 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.
The Raptors led by 26 in the third quarter and held a 22-point lead entering the fourth, but the Nets stormed back behind a scintillating performance by Joe Johnson, tying the game on two separate occasions late and outscoring Toronto 44-24 over the final 12 minutes.
A couple of big buckets from Lowry and strong free-throw shooting by the Raptors down the stretch helped Toronto earn a critical win.
Johnson led Brooklyn with 30 points, 26 coming in the second half. He shot 13-of-23 from the floor and made three triples, adding five rebounds and four assists to his totals.
Lowry was just a bit better, hitting 11 of his 19 shots and draining six treys.
The Raptors shot 48.1 percent from the floor and went 29-of-36 from the charity stripe. DeRozan went 12-of-13 from the line by himself.
The Nets, although posting a superior field-goal percentage of 53.3 percent, made seven less free throws, going 22-of-30 from the stripe.
Game 6 will be back in Brooklyn on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.